Spartans End Non-Conference Play In Utah

San Jose, Calif. - Facing its last non-conference opponents of the season, San Jose State hits the road to Cedar City and then Orem, Utah, for games against Southern Utah and Utah Valley, respectively. This will be the second of three trips the Spartans are making to the state of Utah this year.

at Southern Utah (4-9, 0-0 Summit League)
Tuesday, January 3, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
Centrum Arena, Cedar City, Utah
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at Utah Valley (6-7, 0-0 Great West)
Thursday, January 5, 2012, 3:00 p.m.
UCCU Center, Orem, Utah
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With her 17 point, 11 rebound effort against Brown (12/31), senior forward  Brittany Johnson has recorded four double-doubles this season, the most since 2006-07 when Brittany Powell had four. Over the last 10 years, Amber Jackson holds the single-season record with 14 double-doubles in 2005-06.

Sophomore guard Brea Matthews scored her Spartans'career-high 11 points and ripped down 10 rebounds for the first double-double of her career against Brown (12/31). She made a personal best three 3-pointers.

Freshman guard Ta' Rea Cunnigan is the leading scorer (10.7 ppg) among all freshman in the Western Athletic Conference and the 15th leading scorer overall in the WAC. She ranks third in the conference in steals (2.54 spg). No other freshman in the WAC is in the top-10 in steals and only one other is in the top-20 in scoring.

Taking on a new roll as the primary ball handler this season, senior guard Sara Plavljanin is still among the best scorers in the WAC. She is the seventh ranked scorer (13.3 ppg) in the conference and her 27 3-pointers are good for fourth best in the league, but as the primary ball-handler she is seventh in assists (2.85 apg), fifth in steals (1.85 spg) and sixth in free throw percentage (81.3 %)

The Thunderbirds, a member of the Summit League, enter this week with a 4-9 record after dropping their last three games.

Last week Southern Utah dropped games by scores of 81-61 and 81-69 to the University of Missouri Kansas City and South Dakota, respectively. The Thunderbirds finished last season with a 16-14 overall record, 10-8 in conference play.

Southern Utah is led by freshman guard Halie Mandelko (12.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg), Kimie Hawkins (9.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg), a junior forward, and Carli Moreland, a sophomore forward (9.1 ppg, 8.1 rpg).

As a team, the Thunderbirds are averaging 60.3 points per game while shooting .357 from the field.

Head coach JR Payne is in her third season leading Southern Utah's women's basketball program. Her career record stood at 23-37 entering this season.

HISTORY: Spartans vs. Thunderbirds
The Spartans hold a 3-1 advantage in the all-time series,having taken the last two match-ups, but the teams have not meet since the 2002-03 season.

The Wolverines, a member of the Great West Conference, enter this week with a 6-7 record after falling in both their contests last week.

Utah Valley lost 82-51 at Utah and then 85-64 at Boise State. The Wolverines finished last season with an 8-21 overall record, 5-7 in conference play.

UVU is led in scoring by junior forward Sammie Jensen (14.8 ppg, 9.8 rpg), Jenna Johnson, a senior guard, is averaging 8.5 ppg, and junior center Erika Newbold is at 5.8 ppg. and has blocked 20 shots so far this year.

As a team, the Wolverines are averaging 61.2 points per game on .374 shooting from the field.

Head coach Cathy Nixon is in her 17th season leading Utah Valley. Entering the season her career record stood at 282-202.

HISTORY: Spartans vs. Wolverines
This will be the first meeting between these teams.